Saturday, November 6, 2010

Take a leaf from the Tea Party

Alan Hinnrichs

It is heartening to see so many working class people taking to the streets across the country to oppose the Con-Dem cuts.

But marches alone will not be enough if we want to win, rather than just boost sales of the Socialist Worker.

We need to build a mass campaign of civil disobedience, occupying banks and bosses' front organisations such as the Confederation of British Industry or the Taxpayers' Alliance, not to mention the local headquarters of the crooked Tories and Lib Dems.

We also need a series of targeted national strikes.

We should not aim to go back to the way things were before the crisis of 2008.

We should be holding public meetings around Britain and Europe to raise a new series of demands modelled on the Black Panthers' 10 Point Programme or the ANC Freedom Charter.

We need to reverse many new Labour policies, such as fee-paying education, restrictions on the right to strike, and police harassment of demonstrators.

Ending our warmongering foreign policy and commitment to nuclear power stations is also necessary.

These demands can be presented at the London anti-cuts rally being planned for next March.

Local groups should be writing to the Morning Star to tell people where and when meetings are being held so we can co-ordinate on a national basis.

What we need is a Tea Party movement of the left.

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